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NASA Ames Research Center
65 Years of Innovation
On December 20, 2004, the NASA Ames Research Center will celebrate the 65th anniversary of its founding. The public is invited to a FREE day at the Ames Exploration Center, to enjoy displays about Ames' history and showings of an Ames history video prepared by the Ames Public Affairs Division in cooperation with the Ames History Office. Public lectures will highlight Ames' contributions to the Cassini-Huygens mission, as well as research in robotics, information technology, aeronautics and space science. Scott Hubbard, NASA Ames center director, will discuss what to expect during the next 65 years of Ames history.

It was on December 20, 1939, that Russell Robinson led a National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NASA) work crew in turning the first shovel of dirt on the corner of Moffett Field that would become the NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory. In January 1940, the first NACA engineers began to arrive at Ames to plan and construct the world's greatest collection of wind tunnels.

At an age when many people might expect to retire, NASA Ames as a center is working and moving forward, stronger than ever.


Events held at the Exploration Center

Time Event Hosted by:
10:00 AM Welcome to NASA Ames Research Center Mr. David Morse
10:07 AM History of Ames Video Dr. Glenn Bugos
10:32 AM New Frontier: Mission to Mars Dr. Nathalie Cabrol
11:00 AM Future of Science, Discovery and Exploration Mr. G. Scott Hubbard
11:30 AM Ames Future Video  
12:00 NOON Discovering the Mystery of Saturn's Rings Dr. Christopher McKay
12:40 PM NASA Ames' Supercomputer:
Taking High-Tech to the Next Level
Mr. Ron Mak
1:00 PM History of Ames Video Mr. John 'Jack' Boyd
1:35 PM Cassini-Huygens: Discovering the Mystery of Saturn's Rings Dr. Dale Cruikshank
2:05 PM Going Beyond Human Senses:
Bridging Universes through Telepresence
Mr. Mark Leon
2:40 PM Fly the Sky: Latest in Aeronautics Dr. Thomas Edwards
3:10 PM NASA's Sensor Technology: Small Biological Satellites Mr. John W. Hines
3:40 PM Huge Power of Tiny Atoms: Nanotechnology Dr. Meyya Meyyappan

Events held at the Lecture Hall, building 943

Time Event Hosted by:
11:30 AM-12:30 PM One Astronaut from the Apollo Era (Panel Discussion) Mr. Don Blair and Dr. Janice Voss, former Astronaut
1:30-2:30 PM One Astronaut from the Apolllo Era (Panel Discussion Encore) Mr. Don Blair and Dr. Janice Voss, former Astronaut

+ Directions to the Exploration Center
+ View Commemorative Photo